What it Feels Like to be Part of History...
What it Feels Like to be Part of History...

What it Feels Like to be Part of...

A little over a month ago, the Toronto Raptors brought basketball fans across Toronto...

What it Feels Like to be Part of History...

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What it Feels Like to be Part of History...

A little over a month ago, the Toronto Raptors brought basketball fans across Toronto and all of Canada to their feet, winning their first ever NBA Championship and bringing the Larry O'Brien trophy home. In the weeks since, we've continued to bask in the glow of being Champions - with very few days passing without seeing Raptors and Championship apparel around the city. And while we think we had a prime seat to witness history, our view was nothing like that of the Sport Medicine Clinic's Zahra Hashwani.

Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?
Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?

Is it Time for a Biomechanical...

Two of the clinicians at the Sport Medicine Clinic, Andrea Lilley (Athletic Therapist)...

Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?

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Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?

Two of the clinicians at the Sport Medicine Clinic, Andrea Lilley (Athletic Therapist) and Briana Bradstreet (Physiotherapist), are now offering biomechanical running assessments. Biomechanical running assessments are for runners of all levels: from novice, to marathon runners and triathletes. During a recent course, they learned: how to assess running biomechanics, how to properly assess and treat injuries when they occur, and how to know when a runner should consider changing their shoes to those with less support using the minimalist shoe index.

Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation
Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation

Stay Fit this Summer While on...

Ah summer - patios, sun, fun, and, of course, VACATION!!!! Just because you have some...

Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation

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Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation

Ah summer - patios, sun, fun, and, of course, VACATION!!!! Just because you have some time off doesn't mean you should throw your workout routine out the window. You don't want all your hard work over the last few months to be compromised just because you may not have a gym or the right equipment available to you.

5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

I've been thinking a lot lately about...the power of positive thinking. There is no...

5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

I've been thinking a lot lately about...the power of positive thinking. There is no perfect, no 100%, no "I have to" or "should" in exercise and diet. There are lots of choices. Some of them will support your fitness and health goals and some won't. But, at the end of the day, the important thing is that you keep making the positive choices that shift the needle in the right direction.

John Frederick & the Boston Marathon
John Frederick & the Boston Marathon

John Frederick & the Boston...

Earlier this year, John Frederick, a member at the Cambridge Club, became the first...

John Frederick & the Boston Marathon

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John Frederick & the Boston Marathon

Earlier this year, John Frederick, a member at the Cambridge Club, became the first Canadian to run 34 consecutive Boston Marathons. He completed his 34th running of the event in 5:09:32 this April. Frederick says he started running marathons because he didn't have as much time to play squash, which had previously been his main sport.

Why I'm Celebrating International Yoga Day
Why I'm Celebrating International Yoga Day

Why I'm Celebrating International...

I believe yoga deserves a day of recognition because of what it has brought to my own...

Why I'm Celebrating International Yoga Day

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Why I'm Celebrating International Yoga Day

I believe yoga deserves a day of recognition because of what it has brought to my own life. Yoga not only helps with flexibility, but it also teaches breathing, core activation, and strength and stability all at once.

A Drugless Alternative for Menstrual Dysfunction
A Drugless Alternative for Menstrual Dysfunction

A Drugless Alternative for...

It is estimated that more than 50% of women experience some degree of pain with their...

A Drugless Alternative for Menstrual Dysfunction

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A Drugless Alternative for Menstrual Dysfunction

It is estimated that more than 50% of women experience some degree of pain with their period. The pain ranges from tolerable cramping to excruciating pain requiring the use of over-the-counter drugs such as Advil, Ibuprofen, and Naproxen. Symptoms are often accompanied by headaches, diarrhea/constipation, nausea, and fatigue, just to name a few.

Karen's Journey & Taking the Unconventional Path
Karen's Journey & Taking the Unconventional Path

Karen's Journey & Taking the...

When Karen Malone moved to Canada from Ireland in 1989, she had a high school diploma....

Karen's Journey & Taking the Unconventional Path

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Karen's Journey & Taking the Unconventional Path

When Karen Malone moved to Canada from Ireland in 1989, she had a high school diploma. But the CFO of the Cambridge Group of Clubs also had grit, determination, and a desire to learn. She continued adding to her education and experience (and her exercise routine) to get her to where she is today. Here's what she learned.

Lauren, Lori, & the Best Group Fitness Program in the City
Lauren, Lori, & the Best Group Fitness Program in the City

Lauren, Lori, & the Best Group...

If you've walked through the PATH near the Adelaide Club lately, you've...

Lauren, Lori, & the Best Group Fitness Program in the City

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Lauren, Lori, & the Best Group Fitness Program in the City

If you've walked through the PATH near the Adelaide Club lately, you've probably seen the Club's new marketing featuring Lauren Neal, the Adelaide's Group Exercise Director, and Lori Kirwan, a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at the Adelaide and Toronto Athletic Club.

Preventative Maintenance Massage: Why you need it & how often
Preventative Maintenance Massage: Why you need it & how often

Preventative Maintenance Massage:...

Our massage therapists, practitioners, and trainers are all frequently asked how often...

Preventative Maintenance Massage: Why you need it & how often

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Preventative Maintenance Massage: Why you need it & how often

Our massage therapists, practitioners, and trainers are all frequently asked how often our Members should receive a massage. Is it something you only need when you’re injured? Should you get a massage a couple of times a year? The reality is there isn’t a straightforward, single answer that works for everyone, but this is the perfect time for us to discuss preventative maintenance.

How to Throw a Healthy, Clean Twist on your BBQ Menu
How to Throw a Healthy, Clean Twist on your BBQ Menu

How to Throw a Healthy, Clean Twist...

We don’t know about you, but the May long weekend oftentimes acts as our...

How to Throw a Healthy, Clean Twist on your BBQ Menu

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How to Throw a Healthy, Clean Twist on your BBQ Menu

We don’t know about you, but the May long weekend oftentimes acts as our unofficial start to the summer, and, with that, usually comes a BBQ or two with friends and family. But we also know that you’ve been so great about your diet so far this year and you don’t want to lose that momentum and throw your progress out the window just for a few classic BBQ favourites. That’s why we’re here with 10 ideas to help you keep your BBQ clean and not set you back. 

You and Your Pelvic Floor: What You Need to Know
You and Your Pelvic Floor: What You Need to Know

You and Your Pelvic Floor: What You...

The muscles of the pelvic floor, how they function, and their importance seems to be...

You and Your Pelvic Floor: What You Need to Know

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You and Your Pelvic Floor: What You Need to Know

The muscles of the pelvic floor, how they function, and their importance seems to be all over the media lately. The fitness and wellness industry loves to latch onto some part of the body or some dietary fad, and make everything we do centre around that one thing until the next hot, marketable trend appears on the scene.

The Truth Behind the Keto Diet
The Truth Behind the Keto Diet

The Truth Behind the Keto Diet

Over the last couple of years, trendsetters, famous actors, and popular food and...

The Truth Behind the Keto Diet

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The Truth Behind the Keto Diet

Over the last couple of years, trendsetters, famous actors, and popular food and nutrition blogs have all highlighted different types of low-carb/high-fat diets, including Paleo, South Beach, and Atkins, but no diet has caught fire quite like the keto diet...

Putting the Spring in your Cycling!
Putting the Spring in your Cycling!

Putting the Spring in your Cycling!

Spring is finally here. The roads are clear enough to dust off our skinny bikes and...

Putting the Spring in your Cycling!

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Putting the Spring in your Cycling!

Spring is finally here. The roads are clear enough to dust off our skinny bikes and head north for some longer training rides. Whether you're currently increasing your riding volume for fitness reasons, to see more of the beautiful countryside, to contemplate an autumn cycling event or - like me - to prepare for the RTCC, there are so many important things to remember and consider.

The 20-Minute Rule for Mobility
The 20-Minute Rule for Mobility

The 20-Minute Rule for Mobility

Chairs have become the biggest rival to pain free movement: hips shorten, glutes...

The 20-Minute Rule for Mobility

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The 20-Minute Rule for Mobility

Chairs have become the biggest rival to pain free movement: hips shorten, glutes deactivate, hamstrings press together, back begins to round, core disengages, and head sits foward. It's no wonder we often experience back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, and carpal tunnel agony after sitting on a plane, in a car, or at a desk at work. As hard as we may try, we can't avoid sitting. So, how can we fix this? Enter the 20-minute rule...

The GYROTONIC Method: How could it help you?
The GYROTONIC Method: How could it help you?

The GYROTONIC Method: How could it...

Have you hit a wall with your workouts? Are you struggling to rehab a lingering injury?...

The GYROTONIC Method: How could it help you?

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The GYROTONIC Method: How could it help you?

Have you hit a wall with your workouts? Are you struggling to rehab a lingering injury? Do you simply want a new exercise to add to your regular routine? It might be time for you to integrate a new form of movement – one that will improve your range of motion, strength, and balance. Enter, the Gyrotonic method.

Bracing & Shockwave Therapy at our Clinics
Bracing & Shockwave Therapy at our Clinics

Bracing & Shockwave Therapy at our...

Members visit our Clinics for a number of reasons: whether they've been recently...

Bracing & Shockwave Therapy at our Clinics

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Bracing & Shockwave Therapy at our Clinics

Members visit our Clinics for a number of reasons: whether they've been recently injured, they're suffering from regular aches and pains, or they need treatment to help with a chronic condition. Two of the most common ailments we see at the Clinics are ligament and tendon injuries.

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer: Benefitting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer: Benefitting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer...

We're pleased to announce that The Cambridge Group of Clubs is this year's...

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer: Benefitting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

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The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer: Benefitting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

We're pleased to announce that The Cambridge Group of Clubs is this year's official Health & Wellness Sponsor for the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefitting the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, now in its twelfth year.

Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine
Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine

Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine

Spring is finally here! After a long, cold winter, it's pretty exciting to get...

Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine

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Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine

Spring is finally here! After a long, cold winter, it's pretty exciting to get outside again and experience new life. The birds are singing, the sun is warm, and the trees are starting to bud! During the winter months, a lot of us tend to hibernate, which leads to a lack of motivation around our wellness routine - that may mean we eat more calories, partake in fewer workouts, or spend more time with the TV and Netflix.

Refreshing for Spring: Supporting Your Liver through the Seasonal Transition
Refreshing for Spring: Supporting Your Liver through the Seasonal Transition

Refreshing for Spring: Supporting...

Spring is a time of reset and rebirth; it is when we shed our winter layers, transition...

Refreshing for Spring: Supporting Your Liver through the Seasonal Transition

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Refreshing for Spring: Supporting Your Liver through the Seasonal Transition

Spring is a time of reset and rebirth; it is when we shed our winter layers, transition from nesting and resting to spending more time outdoors being active and enjoying the extra hours of sunlight. In order to achieve and maintain optimal health during this transitional season, it is important to align ourselves with the changing climate by making the appropriate shifts in diet and lifestyle.

Molecular You: What you need to know about the Sport Medicine Clinic's new program

Posted: Mar 11, 2019

Every year we make lofty goals. We resolve to lose weight, eat less sugar, or exercise more. More often than not, we fail to keep our resolutions. Often our goals are simply too broad or too unattainable and, by March, we’re left questioning whether we really have it in us to achieve them. From there, it’s easy to rationalize dropping and forgetting your goals.

What if we set our goals based on the scientific evidence of our body’s needs instead? What if we checked our biochemistry to see what was out of whack and needed fixing first? Wouldn’t there be more incentive to stick to our goals if we knew that we could improve our performance, address a nutritional deficiency, or mitigate specific risks?

What is a personalized nutrition and fitness assessment?

Personalized nutrition and fitness assessments look at a diverse range of blood markers to give insights into your current health, inherited risks, and early warning signs. It brings together metabolites, proteins, nutrients, toxins, and genetics to give a dynamic, integrated view of your health. The real value is the translation of this biomarker data into specific recommendations to optimize your health. This takes the form of a personalized nutrition and fitness plan and a tracker app to monitor your progress.

Is this the same as genetic testing?

In short, no. We assume you’ve heard of 23andMe genetic testing. The market is now crowded with products offering insights into athletic potential or nutritional needs based purely on genetic data. What many do not realize is that genetic testing can only tell you about your inherited risks and traits; it cannot tell you about your current state of health, only biomarker testing can do that.

What is personalized nutrition?

To understand your current dietary needs, and whether you would benefit from any supplements, you need to look at the whole picture. Your metabolites, proteins, nutrients, genetics, current dietary intake, and any health conditions. Personalized nutrition takes an integrated view of your current health profile, any nutritional deficiencies or excessive levels of vitamins or minerals, and results in an individual nutrition and supplement plan based on your needs.

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“With this assessment, we are able to identify nutritional deficiencies and metabolic imbalances, and assess if your diet and exercise regime are optimal for you. Based on these results, we create a plan unique to you and your goals: whether it be improving athletic performance, overall health or preventing disease in future.” – Melissa Cugliari

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What can biomarker testing reveal about your exercise regime?

Through in-depth analysis of the amino acids, proteins, and metabolites in your blood, biomarker testing can show the effects of your current exercise regime. Other blood markers will reflect the level of training achieved over the long term (long term adaptation). Based on your results, there may be recommendations for changes in intensity, the relative mix of aerobic vs strength, duration or time of day for training. Testing may also identify overtraining or pinpoint underlying factors contributing to injuries or inflammation.

How can biomarker testing improve your athletic performance?

One area where people vary considerably is their ability to switch between fats and sugar (glucose) efficiently, for energy use. This is known as fuel utilization or metabolic flexibility. We can improve our metabolic flexibility with specific exercise recommendations.

Some people are unable to use fats efficiently. This means that endurance exercise such as marathon running, may be more challenging. These people might be advised to avoid high glycemic foods or to exercise in a fasted state.

Some people cannot use sugar efficiently. This means that explosive or high intensity exercise will suffer. These people might be advised to eat at least 2 hours before exercise and to train in intervals that periodically reach above 80% intensity.

Competitive cyclists are an example of a group that practice fasted training to improve their fat burning capabilities. In doing so, they build up their glucose stores. This means that their bodies will primarily use fats for energy during training. As a result, when they race, or go over an 80% intensity level, their bodies will have more glucose available to switch to as an energy source when needed.

How does this translate into personal goals and resolutions?

Data can be overwhelming unless it is translated into insights and specific recommendations. Personalized health assessments turn biomarker results into detailed personal nutrition and fitness plans. There may be nutritional deficiencies to address, health risks that can be mitigated through diet or exercise, or insights for taking your health and fitness to the next level. Goals can be hard to stick to when there is no measurable impact. Having a date set for a re-test can offer that motivation and tangible results.

Make sure your goals are based on science this year

Before you get too far into the year, consider finding out what actually needs fixing in your body. It will be a lot easier to stick to your goals if you know that you are addressing specific nutritional and athletic requirements.

Find out more about Molecular You health assessments here. If you have any questions about this new program, please contact Dr. Melissa Cugliari.

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